Heritage Resource Centre
Preserving Kingston's past for Kingston's future
Kingston's cherished built heritage resources highlight its historic roles and significance – and make it a beautiful and culturally rich place to live in and visit. Protecting the city's built heritage resources sustains Kingston's cultural vibrancy for future generations.
The Heritage Resource Centre (HRC) reopened in February 2016 with enhanced service to the community and visitors. Relocated to a more prominent location in the Market View wing on the main level of City Hall, the centre ensures Kingston's strong foundation of built heritage protection and management can be built upon to develop new and innovative approaches to heritage stewardship.
Everything you want to know about preserving Kingston's historic properties
The Heritage Resource Centre offers City resources related to heritage planning, conservation and cultural heritage. The four key programs provided by the HRC are:
- Education about conservation and rehabilitation. Staff and experienced volunteers assist property owners to access information about expertise available, maintenance techniques and information regarding heritage conservation;
- Resources related to cultural heritage in all its forms (built, associative narrative and natural)
- Resources to assist in historical property research; and
- Information about permit applications and other regulatory tools. Staff can be reached at 613-546-4291 ext. 3180 and are available at 1211 John Counter Blvd. during regular business hours to discuss Heritage Act applications and compliance with City policies.
The Heritage Resource Centre has a collection of resources that are available to the public during regular business hours. The collection includes a wide range of material related to heritage conservation, cultural heritage and the City of Kingston. View our inventory of more than 500 titles.
The links below take you to various local, provincial, national and international heritage conservation resources. Collections and information on architectural features, building material samples, maps, photos, books and other related artifacts are also available.
Global standards & guidelines
Federal standards & guidelines
- Canadian register of Historic Places
- Canada's historic places
- Standards and guidelines for the conservation of historic places in Canada
Provincial standards & guidelines
- Municipal register
- Heritage conservation districts
- Market Square
- Walking tours
- Culture map
- Livable City Design Awards
Heritage information documents
- Archaeology – frequently asked questions – Ontario Heritage Trust
- Handout from Ministry regarding heritage properties and insurance
- Researching historic properties
- Robert Shipley's study on Heritage designation and property values
Heritage Information Links
- Community Heritage Ontario
- Digital Kingston
- Frontenac Heritage Foundation
- Heritage Canada Foundation
- Heritage Resource Centre – University of Waterloo
- Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites
- KFL&A Children and Youth Planning Committee – Gathering Communities, Making Connections
- Kingston Historical Society
- Ontario Architecture
- Stones Project – social history tours of Kingston
- Vintage Kingston